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Single-mother families struggling in Mass.

An estimated three out of four female-headed households in Massachusetts don’t earn enough to pay bills and raise their children, according to a Boston nonprofit that is releasing a report Thursday on the income families require to meet their basic needs.

In Massachusetts, a single parent with one school-age child and one preschooler needs to earn at least $65,880 a year to pay for food, housing, transportation, child care, health care, and other household expenses, Crittenton Women’s Union reports in its Massachusetts Economic Independence Index.

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